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I do not try to group tugboats in posts by company, but in the past week I’ve noticed an inordinate number of Weeks boats in the sixth boro.  Let’s start with this shot of Trevor, which I caught yesterday.   Here are some previous Trevor shots.

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Earlier I’d caught Trevor tailing a tow pull by Alexandra.  I might have to dig in the archives to 2009 and 2008 to find my previous photo of Alexandra.

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Here was that tow, the Weeks 533, the flagship of the Weeks fleet.   The 1965 crane also has tragedy associated with it now.

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A few days ago I caught Thomas and

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Shelby over on the KVK.  Beyond Shelby here are Jill Reinauer and Brooke Chapman.   This was a first to see Brooke Chapman in the sixth boro.  Will she become a regular?

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All photos in the past week by Will Van Dorp.  And speaking of Weeks tugs, I’d be happy to see Candace again.

My favorite Shelby photos have her towing the Starship Enterprise. and tailing here.

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If there are eight million stories in the naked city, then there are at least 80 million perspectives, and what I love about social media is the ability to share many more of these than can otherwise be seen.   Take this one . . . sent along yesterday by Jonathan Steinman.  Big Allis sets the location as about a half mile north of the bridge now named for Ed Koch.  And the vessel . . .  the current and VI version of Empire State on the first day . . . of Summer Sea Term 2014 and not yet out of its East River home waters.  Greets to all the cadets on deck enjoying the mild spring morning.  Click here for the previous versions of Empire State:  I   II    III    IV    V.

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And tailing . .  it looks like McAllister Girls.

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Around midday yesterday, Empire State was here (the blue icon off St George) and not quite 24 hours later,

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she’s off Montauk.

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The previous photo from Jonathan–which I never shared–was this, taken in midMarch.  If you’re not from the area, that’s the East River with Roosevelt Island making for a quite narrow channel.  That’s Shelby (of shuttle fame) and Freddy K Miller (ever morphing) team-pushing Weeks 533  (lifter of Sully’s ditched 1549).

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And if you’ve forgotten what my –and many others’ focus was in midMarch, it was

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salt!

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Many thanks to Jonathan for sharing these photos.

Here’s a photo I took almost four years ago of the SUNY Maritime training ship returning home from Summer Sea Term.


“Excessive wind”  . . . i.e., a constant 20+ mph describes Wednesday’s weather quite well.  The following fotos all come thanks to Capt. Fred Kosnac, who was on one tug of three accompanying the Weeks crane barge to the right.   Farther up the dock, notice the blue/green hull of a container ship, MOL Destiny.

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Two hours later, notice our perspective relative to MOL Destiny.  The tugs with the crane barge were asked to move to make room for passing traffic . . .  the black hulled container ship.  The next fotos all transpire in a three-minute period as docking tugs struggle to safely get MSC Nerissa to the dock on the opposite side of the channel.

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Count the tugs wrestling the MSC vessel over.  There’s Joan Turecamo, Gramma Lee T Moran, and

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Resolute.    The other two container vessels are Zim Luanda and Ever Respect.  And the Weeks 533, see her here lifting locomotives a few years back and an Airbus 320 –now in a Charlotte museum–before that.

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These are the hidden dramas that routinely happen in the context of moving our goods into and out of the port.

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By now . . . a mere 48 hours later, these behemoths are hundreds of miles from here and from each other, the docking tugs have finished at least a half dozen other docking assists, and the Weeks barge and tugs  . . . at work on other projects.    Again, thanks for these to Capt. Fred Kosnac.

Unrelated:  Does anyone know whether whether any wooden 64′ USCG tugs still exist?

Also unrelated:  I found the incident I recalled reading that involved M/V Cosette, mentioned a few days ago.  Here’s the article.   I still don’t know if she’s scrapped or sunk or still sailing.

Totally related foto from summer 2009, the orange Fred K II.

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Call this post a quick story in the wee hours using twelve fotos or less.  Thomas of  Weeks Marine stands by the crane barge,

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crane lowers slings over aircraft,

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and Alexandria Weeks arrives with receiving barge amidst a plethora of emergency vessels.

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At 1030ish, the deck barge stands by as the fuselage emerges,  and

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a half hour later more fuselage emerges as starboard wing snaps free of the esplanade.

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Crane barge moves slightly west,

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and Virginia Weeks makes up to the barge in place of Alexandria.

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Crane raises the aircraft, and

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Virginia slides the barge underneath.

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Plenty of space remains on the barge.  Notice all three Weeks tugs on the shot below.

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With the aircraft securely cradled on the barge, it gets unslung, and

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teams of investigators move in.  What is the sheeting hanging from the aft end of the plane?

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Many thanks to Lee, family, and friends for my vantage point.  Now, notice the starboard engine.  That leaves only one to recover from the Hudson.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, and possibly more fotos later.

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